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Feng Shui, like any other science, evolved from its infancy, into a multi-dimensional application tool with various branches taking offshoots from the basic principle of Yin-Yang balance. Hence, while at the applied level, one may notice a particular system of Feng Shui being deployed; the bottom line of each such system is to attain the Yin-Yang balance.

Almost all Traditional Feng Shui schools or systems can be classified under two main ideologies: San He (Three Harmony) and San Yuan (Three Cycles). Both the ideologies dwell over land formation and chi distribution. The KEY difference being, San He lays more stress on land formation, while San Yuan focuses more on the chi distribution over a period of time. Though the popular feeling is that only San Yuan considers the influence of TIME, it must be stressed here that both San He and San Yuan have accurate methods of measuring time and their influence on chi, albeit differently.

While speaking on the traditional schools of Feng Shui, one must also take adequate precautions not to be swayed by the current wave of pop Feng Shui. Pop Feng Shui has been a result of aggressive commercialization, world over, of Feng Shui as a fashion statement, a quick fix tool or a tool for interior decoration. The methods used in this commercialization also target the human psychology by using recommended good luck items or charms. I would want to stress here in the firmest manner possible, that good luck charms or symbols are part of the Chinese culture and NOT part of Chinese Feng Shui.

Classical Feng Shui was initially relegated only to the elite, since many ancient masters never easily revealed the “Heaven’s Secret” to change a person’s destiny. As a result, many Feng Shui enthusiasts and practitioners found it difficult and obscure when it came to applying Feng Shui principles. This led to a situation, where even though many practitioners acknowledge the existence of Classical Feng Shui, they resorted to recommending and selling quick fixes which eventually attracted big business houses to start merchandising these items. The only good thing that evolved, if any, own to Pop Feng Shui, is that it helped spreading the word about Feng Shui around the world, though an altogether different aspect got communicated.

It would be a worthy exercise to educate masses about such pop age Feng Shui misconceptions or the proliferation of commercialization into an Authentic discipline of meta-physics and guide them towards genuine and traditionally practiced methods of applying Feng Shui.

A true Feng Shui practitioner, who is following either the San He or the San Yuan system, will consider the following variables, when (S)he is doing an audit of your house, office or a property:

  1. Direction

  2. Location

  3. Forms or the Environmental factors

    • The flow & direction of water

    • Land Embraces

    • Mountains
  4. Time aspects or the Period

  5. The residents or the occupants.

Each of these variables either need to be computed / measured using appropriate tools (e.g.: direction) or need to be observed and analyzed (e.g.: Mountain). There are established “formulas” which get triggered off due to certain combinations existing in the property. The Feng Shui practitioner’s first task is to do a complete STUDY of all the above variables and identify the formulas that come into play. The second step is identifying and recommending solutions, catering to individual’s goals and aspirations. Some of the typical recommendations a practitioner might give is tilting the front door of the house by certain degrees, changing the room of the occupant, or changing the working table position in an office or putting water at a suitable location to increase “activity”. Each of these recommendations comes from adequate understanding of the situation in hand as well as practice. While many of the Feng Shui theories or formulas may be easy to understand, it’s the application where the skills and mastery of a practitioner comes to the fore.

I would sincerely recommend readers not to blindly adopt “solutions” that they harness through reading books or even more serious, adopting recommendations based on “hear-say” knowledge. It’s like taking a treatment for heart attack or cancer based on book knowledge or a friend’s recommendation, rather than going to the doctor. A stitch in time saves nine, as they say. If you are truly keen on doing Feng Shui for your house or office, get a genuine professional practitioner to do it for you.

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